As one of the largest countries in Europe the .fr Namespace has a lot of potential. A lot of very nice domain names are still available.
The AFNIC (French Network Information Center), is a non-profit making organization governed by the July 1 1901 law. The AFNIC is the registry for the Internet domain names .fr (France) and .re (Reunion Island).
It was created jointly in December 1997 by the INRIA (The French National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control) and the French Government, represented by the Ministries of Telecommunications, Industry and Research.
AFNIC includes public and private Internet players: users (legal entities and individuals), domain name registrars (Internet services providers), international entities and public authoritative representatives.
.fr is the primary choice of a domain in France
To be eligible to the registration of a .FR domain name, registrant and administrative contact must meet one of the following criteria:
be a registered company within the European Community or in one of the following countries: Island, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland; or
be an individual aged of at least 18 years old and residing within the European Community or in one of the following countries: Island, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland.